New 21st Century classrooms unveiled Wednesday night in Normal

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NORMAL, Ill. —  The Unit 5 School District is revealing brand-new classrooms with a 21st century look for middle school students.

Wednesday night district board members took a tour of Parkside Junior High School, to compare the current classrooms to the new ones.

The rooms have a colorful look, wireless technology and group table seating, as opposed to the standard desks in rows.

Leaders say the new look is engaging students now more than ever.

“The color and the furniture is very positive,” said  Julie Nourie, 8th Grade Literature and Composition Teacher. “The fact that we have the technology that moves with us when we are going around the room, that’s nice as well. I’m not tethered to a smart board or a desktop computer anymore and I’m able to work with students more one on one.”

Right now only two classrooms are modeled this way (Julie’s class and an 8th grade science class), the district says they hope to have the rest of them done soon.

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